Deforestation: Is it the world's largest problem?

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We must protect the environment. It’s vital for all life and plants. Unfortunately, due to the careless acts of humans on our ecosystem may be destroyed sooner rather than later. It is predicted that by 2030 we will be too far gone to stop climate change. Today, I will speak about deforestation and speak for the trees. Some may argue that it is necessary for economic development to meet the growing demand for natural resources. Another opinion is that deforestation is a major contributor to climate change and the loss of biodiversity, and that it is important to preserve forests for future generations.

Deforestation is the permanent removal of trees from forests. Deforestation is responsible for about ten percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change.

The amazon rainforest covers 5.5 million square kilometres, the United Kingdom and Ireland could fit into it seventeen times! But every month, the equivalent of England is chopped down. It covers nine nations in South America (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela, and French Guiana), a protection network started in 2000 to curb deforestation, in every country it covers there are different species and plants. In Bolivia due to excessive deforestation in the rainforest the certified forest sector past laws requiring the planting of trees in the deforest area.

Trees are a vital component of the Earth’s ecosystems and provide numerous benefits to both humans and animals (e.g., trees help to regulate the Earth’s climate by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen through photosynthesis). Therefore, it is essential that we protect trees and promote sustainable forestry practices to ensure that they continue to provide these benefits for generations to come.

You could argue that older generations do less for climate change and Deforestation as they don’t vocalise their views as much as the newer generations. This may be part of the fact that younger generations have a longer impact than them, therefore having more of an urgency for the issue. Additionally, older generations have grown up in a time when environmental concerns were not as prioritised and may therefore be less aware of the impacts.

In conclusion, it is clear that deforestation is a complex and multifaceted issue that requires a coordinated and sustained effort from individuals, governments and organisations around the world to address. Everyone has different opinion of Deforestation and Climate Change.

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  • Hi Distinguished Rabbit - thanks for bringing the issue of deforestation to our attention! You mention that it's a complex and multifaceted issue. Given the importance of the rainforest, why do you think the rainforest continues to be chopped down? What could be done to solve this?